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Pasta Fagioli Soup

My husband enjoys my version of this dish so much that he doesn’t order it at restaurants anymore. With fresh spinach, pasta and seasoned sausage, this fast-to-fix soup is a meal on its own. —Brenda Thomas, Springfield, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    5 servings


  • 1/2 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed, crumbled
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves, cut as desired
  • 5 teaspoons shredded Parmesan cheese


  • In a large saucepan, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain, remove from pan and set aside. In the same pan, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; saute 1 minute longer.
  • Add the water, beans, tomatoes, broth, macaroni and pepper; bring to a boil. Cook, uncovered, until macaroni is tender, 8-10 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low; stir in sausage and spinach. Cook until spinach is wilted, 2-3 minutes. Garnish with cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 228 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 841mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 6g fiber), 16g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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  • Paolo
    Jun 21, 2020

    As an Italian, I must object to the blandness of this recipe. I am fine if you want to call it soup, but please, you can't use the Italian staple name of Pasta e Fagioli. Just call it turkey pasta and beans, or something long those lines.

  • auntiefia
    Mar 30, 2020

    I sauteed the chopped medium onion

  • Claudia
    Mar 19, 2020

    I used diced tomatoes with seasonings, made my broth with bouillon and seasoned with Italian seasonings. Tasted really good when improvised. Claudia

  • Emma
    Feb 27, 2020

    I had to make this soup for a project in my cooking class. In my opinion, it wasn´t very good. We had to add more noodles and tomato sauce to make it taste better. I also did not like the large chunks of tomato in the soup.

  • alex
    Feb 27, 2020

    The soup was kind of bland the only thing that gave it a lot of flavors was the sausage and personally I added too many noodles

  • olivia
    Feb 27, 2020

    I liked this recipe. However, I would make the recipe have more liquid and add more pasta.

  • Jacob
    Feb 27, 2020

    I made this for a project in my class, it was good. the spinach kinda took the taste away from the meal so next time we'll add shredded cheese. overall it was delicious.

  • Nancy
    Dec 19, 2019

    No comment left

  • Mary
    Nov 4, 2019

    I don't feel I can rate the recipe as I made so many changes with ingredients on hand and just used this as a base recipe. As long as the ingredient portions are the same, recipes tend to be fine. I doubled the recipe (we love soup) so I could freeze some. I used a can of cannellini beans and a can of garbanzo beans. I had a 15 ounce can of fire roasted dice tomatoes and one of Italian seasoned stewed tomatoes that I also used. In addition, I used 1 1/2 cups of ditalini pasta and a half bag of leftover baby spinach. I also threw in some Italian seasoning and the soup was delicious (5 stars here). The original recipe above did not not seem to have much seasoning it but what I made seemed perfect for us.

  • robbiejackson
    Sep 29, 2019

    I doubled the recipe based on other reviews. I didn't have a problem with it not having enough liquid. It was good, but bland for us as written. I added some Italian seasoning and used hot sausage, but it still needed more oomph.